Hurricanes Super Rugby leaders after win

first_imgA table-topping Kiwi derby featured no shortage of highlights as the hosts ran out three tries-to-one winners tonight in Wellington, led by more scintillating attack from Ben Lam, Ngani Laumape and Beauden Barrett.The trio shared the tries, although Chiefs five-eighth Damian McKenzie and winger Solomon Alaimalo also continued their brilliant campaigns.Both teams were out to add to five-match winning streaks after losing their respective opening matches.The 2015 champion Hurricanes had too much class, allowing them to leapfrog the Lions and Crusaders, who had byes this week. They can’t be overtaken during the remainder of round nine.The Hurricanes continued to mix brutal defence with ambitious attack, which was on show in all three tries.Powerhouse winger Lam snapped up a Laumape offload and left three defenders in his wake on a 40m charge to the line.The clamour for Lam to be considered by All Blacks selectors only grew louder as the 26-year-old beat nine defenders for the match and ran for 120m.Those figures were bettered by opposite No 11 Alaimalo, who made five breaks and tallied 190m running metres.Up 10-6 at halftime, the Hurricanes snatched control with tries to inside backs Barrett and Laumape within five minutes of the restart.Barrett’s try was a trademark effort, scooping up a loose ball and using his pace to cover 50m faster than the cover defence.The All Blacks’ five-eighth followed up with a cross-kick which Laumape leapt over Anton Lienert-Brown to collect and score.The Chiefs threatened a comeback when flanker Lachlan Boshier scored but the final quarter was scoreless aside from a penalty after the siren from Hurricanes fullback Jordie Barrett.Both teams were stung by early injuries.Hurricanes flanker Sam Henwood departed after a head knock, while Chiefs prop Aidan Ross followed him soon after with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.Impressive No 8 Taleni Seu was also forced off as the Chiefs’ injury-ravaged campaign rolled on.last_img read more

Rain or Shine dumps Alaska in Hontiveros, dela Cruz farewell

first_imgPBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Rain or Shine put a damper on a couple of retirements after thrashing Alaska, 112-82, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here.The Elasto Painters improved to 6-4 to strengthened their bid for the fourth spot in the standings while the Aces, who saw Dondon Hontiveros and Tony Dela Cruz play their final games, ended their season with a 3-8 card.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Rain or Shine broke the game wide open with a big second quarter run and a definitive 15-0 run to start the fourth capped by a jumper by Ronnie Matias for a 98-61 lead made sure Alaska stayed down for the count. “I just told the players that we will go up against Alaska and that they should play that they want to win,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We’re lucky that (Sonny) Thoss, Calvin (Abueva), and (Chris) Banchero didn’t play today but I still told my team to play at a hundred percent.”J’Nathan Bullock topscored for the Elasto Painters with 14 points while Chris Tiu filled up the stat sheets with nine points, eight rebounds, five assists, and two steals.  LaDontae Henton put up a game-high 20 points to lead Alaska.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacueescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michael Jordan’s advice to newly-acquired Dwight Howard: ‘Play determined’ MOST READlast_img read more

Chelsea goalie apologizes for refusing to leave field

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Kepa and I have spoken about the incident. It was a good conversation,” Sarri said in the statement on Monday. “There was a misunderstanding yesterday but he realizes he made a big mistake in the way he reacted. He has apologized to me, his teammates and the club.“For me, this matter is now closed. Everyone’s focus is now on the next game and we must all now put this behind us.”Kepa’s refusal to obey instructions overshadowed the final, and a resolute performance by Chelsea after recent miserable results.The performance was tamping doubts about Sarri’s future at the club, until his credibility was undermined by Kepa and he was publicly humiliated, raising questions about his authority going forward.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Although there was a misunderstanding, on reflection, I made a big mistake with how I handled the situation. I wanted to take the time today to apologize fully,” Kepa said in the statement.Manager Mauricio Sarri ordered Kepa to be substituted on Sunday as the final against Manchester City at Wembley Stadium was heading to a penalty shootout. Kepa had been cramping, but gesticulated wildly that he was not going to leave the pitch. Sarri was furious, too. His authority undermined by Kepa’s insubordination, he walked down the tunnel and returned just before the end of extra time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsKepa played on and City won in the shootout.Kepa and Sarri continued to describe what happened as a misunderstanding. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga reacts after stops a shot from Manchester City’s Leroy Sane during a penalty shootout at the end of the English League Cup final soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, England, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga apologized in a club statement on Monday for refusing to be substituted in the English League Cup final.The world’s most expensive goalkeeper was fined one week’s wages.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Grizzlies overcome LeBron James’ triple double, dent Lakers’ playoff hopes Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

GAA NEWS: FANAD LADIES IN FINE WIN OVER TERMON B

first_imgGaeil Fhánada Lotto ResultsNumbers drawn were 06, 09, 11, 16, 20. Bonus 16.No jackpot winner. €100 winner Cara McNulty. €50 Peggy McAteer, Kerrykeel.Next week’s jackpot €1450. Fiona and Bridie on duty.Seniors & ReservesIntermediate ChampionshipCarndonagh 1:06 v Gaeil Fhánada 1:08Foireann Gaeil Fhánada:Paul O’Connor, Fergal Friel, Paddy Heraghty, Frankie Sweeney, Ryan McGonigle 1:01, Cathal Martin, Conor McGonigle, Kevin McElwaine, Shaun McElwaine, Ronan McAteer, Seimi Coshia Friel 0:03, Johnny Friel, Marty McAteer 0:01, Michael Sweeney 0:02, Mark Friel 0:01, Paul Coyle, Odhran Shiels, Oisin Blaney, Shaun McGovern, Aidan McAteer.Reserve ChampionshipCarndonagh 3:08 v Gaeil Fhánada 1: 16Eoghan Walsh 0:05, Mark McConigley 0:02, Aidan McAteer 1:03, Brendan Friel 0:01, Shaun McGovern 0:01, Ciaran Carr 0:03, Eamon Sweeney 0:01. No games this weekend.Saturday12th /Sunday 13th SeptemberChampionship Quarter Final DrawGaeil Fhánada V Naomh ColumbaChampionship Reserve Quarter Final DrawGaeil Fhánada V CarndonaghMna Gaeil FhánadaGaeil Fhánada 5-05 An Tearmainn 2-04The Ladies where back in action this weekend in the non county league against Termon B.The first half started well for the home side with Orlaigh Carr scoring a goal in the first minute followed by points from Siobhan Coyle and Aoife Mcdevitt. Deirdre Friel was to get the next two scores a goal in the 6th minute and a point in the 9th. Hannah Shiels got Fanad’s next point in the 10th minute before Termon got their first score, a goal in the 15th minute followed by a quick point a minute later. Natasha Mc Elwaine got Fanad’s 4th goal in the 19th. Termon made a small come back with a goal in the 20th and a point two minutes later to finish the half Fanad Gaels 4.03 Termon 2-02The second half with a quick point from Termon. Fanad where awarded a penalty which Siobhan Coyle scored to give Fanad their 5th goal of the game. In what was to be a low scoring second half Fanad only put up two more points from Aoife Mcdevitt and Deirde Friel and with Termon only able to get one more point. the game finished Fanad Gaels 5-05 Termon 2.-04Gaeil FhánadaLisa McConigley, Eimear Mc Conigley, Maggie Friel, Shona Rogers, Orla Sweeney, Shauna Howe, Mariosa Friel, Rachel Sweeney, Aoife Mcdevitt, Hannah Shiels, Siobhan Coyle, Niamh McDevitt, Natasha Mc Elwaine.Mary Sweeney, Deirdre Friel, Aoife Sweeney, Orlaigh Carr, Eimear Gibbons, Maria DoughertyBord na nÓgU6s & U8sTraining will run in October & November to get ready for next year. It will be held in Rossnakill Resource Centre. More info later.Friday evening saw Gaeil Fhánada hosting U9s and U10 boys teams with Termon in a blitz played in Tria Lough. Our U10 girls team also played Termon. It was a lovely evening for the games. All games were played in great sporting spirit and all teams from both clubs playing very well, showing plenty skill and determination. Thanks to David and all the coaches from the Termon club for coming to Trialough.A special word of thanks to our young referees Tiernan Cushnan, Odhran Shiels, and Liam Mc Grenaghan. Also Martin McAteer, Tracey Coll and Sean Carr for coaching the 3 teams on the evening. Our U8s have a blitz up in the Letterkenny Gaels club next Wednesday 9th of September. All the boys and girls to be up at the Letterkenny Gaels club grounds at the glebe @ 6.30p.m. for a 6.45p.m. start. Martin will be in contact via text message regarding blitz and more information plus directions to the pitch.U17 McGuigan CupCongratulations to our 2 club players Odhran Shiels from Ranny, Kerrykeel and Eoghan Carr Ballywhoriskey who were part of the Donegal U17 panel who won the McGuigan cup in Maghera on Saturday last 22nd August. Odhran played at half back in both the semi-final v Tyrone and the final v Monaghan. Eoghan was unlucky to miss out as he picked up an injury in training in the weeks leading up to the tournament. These are 2 very dedicated players who work very hard both on and off the field and can often be seen like many other young players from the club, coach our U6s, U8s and U10 teams in the club. As the saying goes – ‘you always get rewarded for hard work’.BEST WISHES: To all students from the club who are heading off to College in the coming weeks, exciting times ahead for you all. Always remember the Gaeil Fhánada door is always open.U13s league is starting up in the next week and as many of the players are involved with the U14s in their great championship run, management will be in contact towards the end of the week with more info.GAA NEWS: FANAD LADIES IN FINE WIN OVER TERMON B was last modified: September 1st, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLUB NOTESfanad gaelslast_img read more

Sterling’s World Cup stats actually highlight one of England’s hardest workers

first_img GETTING READY As you can see in the touch map above, right, Sterling had plenty of touches in Sweden’s penalty area during the 2-0 quarter-final win. In fact it was 10 more than any other England player and 11 more than he had against Colombia in the last 16 game. In addition, the 23-year-old Manchester City ace is running more miles per England game.And will anyone care whether or not Sterling scores for England in Russia if the Three Lions actually win the World Cup? This is what Ian Wright used his column in The Sun to ask.“He had an excellent game against Sweden, running into space and stretching the defence,” he wrote, adding that manager Gareth Southgate has stuck with him because he knows what he brings to the team.“I’m a huge Marcus Rashford fan and he is a more than capable deputy for Sterling, ” Wright continued. “But Raheem is doing really good things and just needs to relax.” RIP LEGEND How Hudson-Odoi has performed this season – Are Keane’s comments about him fair? explained Raheem Sterling is one of Gareth Southgate’s key England players, despite having struggled for goals in Russia sad day Mason Greenwood scores as England U21s beaten by late Netherlands wondergoal ENGLAND NEWS drama 2 Fans given sneak peek into England’s Euro 2020 kit with images leaked online England announce another friendly to begin preparations for Euro 2020 Second is best center_img have a look preparation How does Euro 2020 draw work? England discover fate live on talkSPORT 2 Tributes to ‘complete gentleman’ Martin Peters following England legend’s death There is a Group of Death at Euro 2020 and here’s how England can avoid it 2 TALENT Martin Peters, 1966 World Cup final goal scorer for England, dies aged 76 ANALYSIS ‘Spain and Italy would have built their teams around Jack Grealish’ – Harry Redknapp England announce Euro 2020 warm-up matches against Austria and Romania Croatia v England is live on talkSPORT at 19:00 (UK time) on Wednesday 11 July here.Raheem Sterling may not have scored yet, but the Manchester City forward is still one of England’s hardest workers.Eric Dier, his team-mate used a recent press conference to talk up his team-mates’ ‘fantastic’ work-rate and attitude.“He offers so much to the team,” the midfielder said. “His willingness to make forward runs. Obviously his quality in possession. He can come short and link the play. He can make runs in behind. Off the ball his work rate is incredible. It’s so clear to see if you were to watch back all of our games until now, the importance he has on the team. I think he’s had a fantastic tournament so far. Hopefully he can continue to have one in the next week.”last_img read more

CELEBRITY BAINISTEOIR PIPPA SAYS ‘SORRY’ OVER COMMENTS ABOUT DONEGAL

first_imgCelebrity Bainisteoir – The Rivals‘ star Pippa O’Connor has responded to criticism of her dreading the drive up and back from Dublin to Donegal.After being drawn to coach at the Naomh Bríd club on Sunday’s opening episode, she expressed a fear that all the travelling would be too difficult for her and that every time she’d been in Donegal, ‘it always rained’.She moaned “I’m going home. I’m not going to Donegal. You are joking me.” When the catwalk queen realised she WAS coming to Ireland’s most stunning county, she complained about our lovely weather.“I can’t go to Donegal. Any time I’ve been to Donegal it has rained. Could you put me any further? I would say thanks but I can’t. I got the short straw,” she moaned.But the reality has proved to be anything but a burden as she prepares a team to take on husband Brian Ormond in the RTÉ One show.“When I first found out I was been sent to Donegal I was furious,” admits the Kildare model. “The thought of all the driving up and down, the bad weather when I’d been there before just turned me off but actually it was the best thing that could have happened.“The reaction I got from the team and club when they found out I was to be their manager completely made up for it. Everyone up there has been brilliant so far and I’m in it with the club to take them the whole way to the final.“They gave me the best welcome, I now feel lucky to have gotten a very passionate team. Donegal is my new home of late, I’ve been up here all weekend for a friend’s wedding – I can’t get enough of it!”Celebrity Bainisteoir – The Rivals continues on Sundays on RTÉ One. CELEBRITY BAINISTEOIR PIPPA SAYS ‘SORRY’ OVER COMMENTS ABOUT DONEGAL was last modified: September 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CELEBRITY BAINISTEOIR PIPPA SAYS ‘SORRY’ OVER COMMENTS ABOUT DONEGALlast_img read more

Boy, 9, swims from Alcatraz to mainland

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Go, Johnny! Go, Johnny!” the children chanted. Johnny finished the 1.4-mile swim from the infamous prison island in little more than an hour. The prison closed in 1963 and never officially recorded a successful inmate escape. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – A 9-year-old boy swam the cold, choppy waters between Alcatraz island and the San Francisco shoreline Monday, raising $30,000 in donations for Hurricane Katrina victims. Johnny Wilson, a fourth-grader from Hillsborough, Calif., called the swim in the 53-degree San Francisco Bay tiring. He kept telling himself, “I’m almost there, I’m almost there,” he said. “The beginning was the hardest because I was all cold,” he added. His classmates were waiting for him on shore, cheering as he made it to Aquatic Park. last_img read more

MORE HEAVY SNOWFALLS SET FOR ACROSS DONEGAL TONIGHT

first_imgSnow at The Market Square in Letterkenny. Photo by Martin Connaghan.Forecasters are warning that Donegal is set for even more snow in the next 24 hours.Up to three inches of snow is set to fall overnight and tomorrow morning.Muckish Mountain. Photo by Neil Mc Teague.Met Eireann have warned that conditions are to get even worse across Donegal tonight. However the snowfall is to be replaced tomorrow evening by wind and rain.Most of the county awoke to a blanket of snow this morning with treacherous road conditions from Killybegs to Buncrana.Throughout the day further heavy falls have added to those trying conditions.In Gaoth Dobhair, road conditions are described as “lethal” after heavy falls of hail froze and were then covered in fresh falls of snow. Some schools in the west of the county including Rosses Community School, Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobair as well as Scoil an Luinnigh Gaoth Dobhair and Dooish National School in Ballybofey have closed.The main road from Drumkeen to Ballybofey is almost impassable with long tailbacks.Donegal County Council has dispatched its full compliment of winter machinery including snowploughs and gritters onto the county’s roads.Gardai are asking people to slow down and not to take any chances.Motorists are also asked to use common sense and to clear vehicles of snow before driving them. Gardai are also asking people to call in on elderly neighbours who may be in fear of going out in public because of the snowfalls.MORE HEAVY SNOWFALLS SET FOR ACROSS DONEGAL TONIGHT was last modified: January 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalletterkennyMet Eireannsnowlast_img read more

Passengers using Dublin to Donegal flight jumps by 52%

first_imgAer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, has increased its passenger numbers on its Dublin to Donegal route by 52%.The routes is a ‘PSO’ (‘Public Service Obligation’) route flown by Stobart Air on behalf of the Irish Government.In the last twelve months, Stobart Air flew 33,516 passengers between Dublin and Donegal, up from 22,022 in 2014, a difference of 11,500. The airline flew 3,648 passengers on the route this August, the busiest month of the year.The business has also increased its business on its Dublin to Kerry route by 35%.Graeme Buchanan, Managing Director of Stobart Air, said: “For these rural regions, a link to the capital means more opportunities for work and business, and more ways to stay connected with friends and family.“For tourists in search of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, short-haul flights to Donegal and Kerry provide an easy, hassle-free way to access to some of the country’s most scenic and unspoilt locations.” Passengers using Dublin to Donegal flight jumps by 52% was last modified: November 21st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Carrickfin AirportdonegalStobart Airlast_img read more

Science Writer Advocates Debate with Creationists

first_img(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The Darwinist monopoly on science has backfired, suggested Michael Balter in the Los Angeles Times in a Sunday commentary.  A human evolution writer for Science magazine (e.g., 09/09/2005, 03/04/2005, 11/12/2004, 02/27/2004, 02/15/2002), Balter advocated engagement with the opposition.  “A national debate over how best to explain the complexity of living organisms would better serve our children, and adults too.”    Balter is confident that “science” (evolution) would win such a contest, but cited several reasons why a national debate is necessary.  “Most scientists don’t want any debate,” he wrote.  To them, evolution has already won, and deserves a monopoly in science classrooms.  The success of the Discovery Institute in finding hundreds of scientists unconvinced of Darwinian evolution, added to the consistent findings of polls that the majority of Americans do not accept evolution, Balter argues, “suggests that scientists have won few converts during at least the last two decades – despite a 1987 U.S. Supreme Court decision banning the teaching of creationism in the classroom.”    The failure of evolutionists to win “converts” is only partly a reflection of the continuing influence of religion, he said.  “Yet it also implies that scientists have not been persuasive enough, even when buttressed by strong scientific evidence that natural selection alone can account for life’s complexity.”  Part of their lack of persuasiveness has been their very reluctance to engage their opponents.  It’s time for a change, Balter argues:Pro-evolution scientists have little to lose and everything to gain from a nationwide debate.  Let’s put the leading proponents of intelligent design and our sharpest evolutionary biologists on a national television panel and let them take their best shots.  If biblical literalists want to join in, let them.  Let’s encourage teachers to stage debates in their classrooms or in assemblies.  Students can be assigned to one or the other side, and guest speakers can be invited.  Among other things, students would learn that science, when properly done, reaches conclusions via experimentation, evidence and argument, not through majority view. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)To those who worry about injecting religion in science class, Balter said it’s too late.  “Religious faith and thinking are already in the classroom, as the opinion polls strongly suggest,” he wrote.  “And the courts should stay out of it because educators would not be required nor allowed to advocate a religious point of view.”    Balter spoke of a long history of “bitter debates between religion and science,” and claimed that after Darwin seemed to have refuted the arguments of William Paley, “Darwin’s theories were rigorously tested and criticized before they won over the majority of scientists.”    For these reasons, today’s evolutionists should not break tradition, but engage the critics.  “The best way to teach the theory of evolution is to teach this contentious history.  The most effective way to convince students that the theory is correct is to confront, not avoid, continuing challenges to it.”    Balter’s surprising declaration of support for “teaching the controversy,” a policy the intelligent design movement has long advocated, goes against the grain of positions taken by scientific institutions like Nature (see 04/27/2004).  He argues, though, that evolutionists should engage the debate with gusto: “Bring it on.”Anyone watching the controversy over evolution should see this as a major shift in strategy by someone pretty high up in the Science establishment.  It’s good that Balter wants this to be a debate in the open marketplace of ideas rather than the courts, and if the Darwinists are really willing to put their best arguments toe-to-toe with those of intelligent design, that would be a refreshing change.    Watch out for stealth tactics, though.  Incumbent presidents, for instance, have been known to rig debate rules to give themselves the media advantage.  We don’t want to see twelve Nobel Laureates go against Kent Hovind on national TV with a Darwinist moderator, and subject the results to biased editing the way the last episode of PBS Evolution rigged the contest, and have the Darwin Party announce afterwards, “So there.  There was your debate, and you guys lost.”  But the fact that Balter encourages this kind of debate in school classrooms and assemblies should preclude that, if his advice takes hold.    His history is flawed; Darwinism did not take hold because it was rigorously tested.  It won a huge propaganda blitz intentionally conducted by Charlie’s Four Musketeers (01/06/2004), Asa Gray, Thomas Huxley, Charles Lyell and Joseph Hooker, with help from Darwinist radical Ernst Haeckel on the continent.  It won also because leading Darwinists obtained power over publishing and gained leadership of prestigious universities and museums, where they controlled the curriculum and content.  Darwin’s own theory of natural selection went through a long period of eclipse after his book, until it was resurrected as neo-Darwinism more by consensus than by rigorous testing.  Creationism and design science has always been a strong influence bucking this current of usurpation by the philosophical materialists.    Balter is confident that “students would learn that science, when properly done, reaches conclusions via experimentation, evidence and argument, not through majority view.”  That would be a great lesson.  Currently, students are learning that “evolution is a fact because all scientists agree it is a fact.”  Balter believes that engagement will remove the claim that Darwinian theory is shielded from “challenges that, when properly refuted, might win over adherents to evolutionary views.”  When the views are compared, however, each Darwin convert is likely to be outnumbered by converts to the other side, based on the history of creation-evolution debates.  And if the Darwinists are finally forced to “reach conclusions via experimentation, evidence and argument,” it will be their downfall.  Balter may have unintentionally heralded the end of the Darwin Party Storytelling Welfare State.  Bring it on.last_img read more